June 09, 2007 12:35 ET

CN launches new Alberta safety awards program

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2007) - CN (TSX:CNR) (NYSE:CNI) today announced a new $10,000 award program honouring Alberta community groups and youth organizations for excellence in promoting safety.

The new CN Safer Alberta Awards will recognize outstanding initiatives in the 10 communities already designated as safe communities through Safe Communities Canada. CN will award the first winners in 2008.

Paul Miller, CN vice-president and chief safety officer, said: "Safety is part of everything we do at CN, and we are proud to be able to honour those Alberta communities that share this focus and determination."

Miller made the announcement today at Spruce Meadows, a world-class show-jumping venue at Calgary.

There are two awards: the CN Safer Alberta Youth Award, to be presented to a youth organization whose achievements in promoting safety have brought recognition toward making their community a safer place; and the CN Safer Alberta Community Award, to be presented to a non-government, not-for-profit organization that has made a significant contribution to safety in their community.

The new program is patterned after the successful CN-sponsored Jim Gray Safer Calgary Awards.

Jim Gray, a long-time community advocate, business leader and a member of the CN Board of Directors, said: "The CN Safer Alberta Awards are really an awareness program. The vehicle for that awareness will be children because it is the youth of the province that we have to impact so effectively, with respect to safer attitudes and safer practices."

The 10 communities so far designated through Safe Communities Canada - Calgary, Fort McMurray/Wood Buffalo, Strathcona County, Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat, High River, Lakeland, Slave Lake, International Region (Leduc and area) and the Safe Communities Coalition of Central Alberta (including Red Deer) - will be asked to submit nominations starting next January.

CN and Safe Communities Canada encourage all communities across Canada to become safe communities.

Paul Kells, founder and executive producer of Safe Communities Canada, said: "This new award program is a very exciting initiative. We are delighted that our long-time partner, CN, has given our villages, counties, towns and cities in Alberta a chance to share their success stories and build awareness of safety. These incredible efforts are helping reduce injury and death and making our communities safer for us all."

CN has been promoting railway safety to adults and children for more than 25 years through its All Aboard for Safety community education program. Part of the strength of this program is the collaborative relationship with its major community safety partners: Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, Operation Lifesaver, SMARTRISK and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

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